A Fresh Start!

Welcome back to a new year of learning and growing in the Lord. Let me alert you to some things coming up in the near future.

I will be presenting a financial report for the period from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009, my first year of administration. I am preparing graphs both to help present clearer pictures of the revenue and the expenses. You will receive a yearly report.

After that I would like to proceed with initiating the Parish Pastoral Council and the Finance Council. Each of these committees will have sub-committees or working groups as well. The parish survey outlined what this might look like. Each committee is advisory in nature and each has a mandate.

The Pastoral Council is a body of 8 to 10 people who assist the pastor to discern the parish’s pastoral needs and facilitate responses. The Finance Council ensures that the parish administration conforms to federal, provincial, municipal and church laws. It assists with budgeting. Through its sub-committees it will provide advice on building maintenance and technical and IT requirements. I will also be putting together a group to help the parish develop its revenues. Their first task will be helping to plan and execute a process to initiate a religious goods store. As well as providing a valuable service it will allow people to donate by debit – something particularly convenient for younger adults.

I am hoping to have some official news soon on the possibility of a third priest at the parish. It also appears likely that we will have a seminarian from Serra House, our diocesan house of discernment with us on weekends.

In December, the parish will celebrate a special mission in honour of St. Francis Xavier. Fr. Lui Santi, C.PP.S. We will have Masses on Tuesday, December 1st, Wednesday December 2nd, and then I will celebrate and preach the Mass on December 3rd, the feast itself. Mark these dates in your calendar.

And last but really first, I hope that all of you headed to school especially if you are going somewhere new, will have God’s most abundant blessings on your educational adventures for the year!

In Christ, Fr. Bob